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North East marathon runners to take on new challenge

Sonia Samuels and Aly Dixon at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Credit: PA

Sunderland's Aly Dixon and Wallsend's Sonia Samuels are both to take on the 'Big Half' marathon - a month before she is due to compete in the Commonwealth games.

The race is a new London’s brand new half marathon on Sunday 4 March and will be used by the professionals as a run-out ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon (April 22nd) and the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Sir Mo Farah will be competing for the men over the 13.1 miles too.